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Redefining Retirement: Never Letting the Paint Dry

Redefining Retirement

After years of serving CPS as an art teacher, art curriculum
developer, and graphic artist, Patricia Stewart was able to
really tap into her artistic side when she retired in 2010. Her
works include paintings, collages, dry pastels, and acrylics,
with each piece having its own distinctive style. She draws
inspiration from her extensive travels, cultural background, and
love of jazz, using them to create abstract, spiritual, and
whimsical pieces.

Patricia’s dedication to her craft led to her opening the
Studio of the Wet
in the Bridgeport Art Center, a dedicated space
where she can work and experiment that is open to the public the
third Friday of every month. Ever the educator, she also uses the
studio space to regularly host events where she helps others
discover their inner artist.

Make Mine Art parties are three-hour painting workshops where
Patricia introduces the basics of painting while participants
create a one-of-a-kind work of art, and can be reserved for
private events like birthday parties, bridal or baby showers, or
any gathering of art aficionados. Her Sip & Sew classes
explore the creative side of fashion as guests make a unique
article of clothing or accessory while enjoying some drinks and
light snacks.

Also on the Advisory Board for the South Side Community Art
Center, a member of Sapphire and Crystals (a community of
African-American artists), and a former board member of Chicago
Alliance of Visual Artists (CAVA), Patricia is reveling in the
time she has to dedicate to her passion. You can check out
examples of her work on

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